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Observant Magicians [Mar. 21st, 2006|05:06 am]
Before you can read this post, I want to make sure you're familiar with the basketball counting video.

So, if you don't know what I'm talking about, I'm going to give you a link to a video of people bouncing a basketball around (you'll need Java installed). You should start the video and count how many times the players in white pass the ball.

The video

Anyway, I was talking about this video with Max Maven. He mentioned that some while ago someone showed the clip to a large gathering a magicians, and that there were four magicians in the large group who noticed the trick:

Max theorized that he and Penn noticed it because they (and their acts) tend to be multitaskers; they were able to deal with the task at hand (counting the passes) while still being aware of the rest of the surroundings. Max also theorized that Lance and David noticed it because they were just really tired from having done recent performances and instead of trying to count the number of passes, they were just relaxing and letting their mind wander.

I have no reason to doubt that theory, not knowing any of the other three magicians personally.

I myself did notice it, but only because the context in which I was presented the video was a bit suspect, having seen many Prank Flashes recently. I do wonder if someone extremely used to seeing Prank Flashes would instantly notice the trick even without suggestive context, merely from being used to something unexpected happening all the time.

Of course, even if they do claim to have noticed it on the first pass, who would believe them?

[User Picture]From: xsg
2006-03-21 08:55 pm (UTC)
That was odd.

I watched the video, counted the number of passes, and somehow anticipated that the man in the gorilla suit would do something to mess up the count. *shrug*

Of course, I'm also a multitasker...
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-05-09 04:14 am (UTC)
I had trouble getting the video player to work. When I finally figured out how to get the video to play, I forgot exactly what I suppose to count, and I was just busy observe the video to see if the java applet is playing the video correctly (without freezing or skipping.) I did noticed the gorilla briefly. Then I go back to your blog to read what I supposed to count then restart the video and hell bent on getting the count right. I thought there must be some trick that'll cause me to lose track of the ball. Then it dawn on me that I did not notice the gorilla at all. Ok, so I'm kinda slow, but it's interesting that I still experience the full effect even the when the technical glitch almost spoiled it for me.
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